I reverted to 8.1, next steps to try 10 upgrade again...

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  1. Posts : 11
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       #1

    I reverted to 8.1, next steps to try 10 upgrade again...


    Alrighty, so I upgraded my brand new laptop to 10 on launch day...and for the next week I experienced numerous problems with the OS unfortunately. I was forced to revert back to 8.1, which has been behaving flawlessly.

    I would like to try the upgrade to 10 again, but I have some questions/thoughts.

    -If for some reason, I again experience issues with Win 10, will I once again be able to revert to 8.1? Does 10 always let you revert to 8.1 in the first month?

    -To rule out any flaws in the Win 10 update download, I'd like to delete the whole thing off my computer and let it re-download the upgrade. How do I do this?
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  2. Posts : 13,957
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #2

    Use MediaCreationTool to create a flash drive to use to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, which will activate okay since you have already done the upgrade and activation successfully.

    Windows 10 - Clean Install
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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ztruker said:
    Use MediaCreationTool to create a flash drive to use to do a Clean Install of Windows 10, which will activate okay since you have already done the upgrade and activation successfully.

    Windows 10 - Clean Install
    Actually, one of the problems with my first attempt to upgrade is that it would never activate.
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  4. Posts : 16,278
    W10Prox64
       #4

    You could download the ISO from here (make sure you chose the correct version based on your W8 OS):

    Tech Bench

    Mount it from within W8, and do the upgrade that way. And yes, you must get an "activated upgrade" before you can clean install.

    I don't know if you will still have 30 days to revert or not.
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  5. Posts : 13,957
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    LotsofErrors said:
    Actually, one of the problems with my first attempt to upgrade is that it would never activate.
    If that's true then you need to do the upgrade to 10 again.

    Disable anti-virus and any firewall you might be using other than the built-in Windows Defender and Windows Firewall,.

    Disconnect everything except mouse, keyboard and display (everything). For a laptop disconnect external mouse, use touchpad.
    Uninstall Classic Shell or Start8 or any other Start button software.

    Then follow this: Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation
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  6. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #6

    If you make an image of your Windows 8 before you upgrade you are guaranteed to be able to revert back - even beyond the 30 days. I would never trust the revert option in Windows 10. Too many people have had it fail.
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  7. Posts : 11
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    While I appreciate everyone's input here...we still have not addressed my two key questions.
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  8. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #8

    LotsofErrors said:
    -If for some reason, I again experience issues with Win 10, will I once again be able to revert to 8.1? Does 10 always let you revert to 8.1 in the first month?
    It is supposed to. That is no guarantee that it will. Hence, the suggestion to make your own backup image of 8.1 before upgrading.

    LotsofErrors said:
    -To rule out any flaws in the Win 10 update download, I'd like to delete the whole thing off my computer and let it re-download the upgrade. How do I do this?
    On your C: drive there should be two hidden folders called something like Windows_BT$ and Windows_WS. Delete those. Also delete everything in the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder.

    Then upgrade using the Media Creation Tool "Upgrade this PC now" option:
    Windows 10

    That will download a fresh copy of Windows 10 upgrade regardless of whether or not you have deleted the old traces of the upgrade.
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  9. Posts : 13,957
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #9

    LotsofErrors said:
    While I appreciate everyone's input here...we still have not addressed my two key questions.
    -If for some reason, I again experience issues with Win 10, will I once again be able to revert to 8.1? Does 10 always let you revert to 8.1 in the first month?

    Addressed here: https://www.tenforums.com/installatio...ml#post341764"

    -To rule out any flaws in the Win 10 update download, I'd like to delete the whole thing off my computer and let it re-download the upgrade. How do I do this?

    Addressed here: https://www.tenforums.com/installatio...tml#post341529
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  10. Posts : 14,601
    Windows 10 IoT
       #10

    How did you do the first upgrade? The more detail you provide the better. We may be able to figure out why activation failed.
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